Who can register to vote?

To register to vote, a person must be:

  • 16 years old or over; and
  • a British, Commonwealth or European citizen.

If you are 16 or 17, you can only register if you will be 18 within the lifetime of the electoral register. You cannot vote until you are 18.

Citizens of the European Union (who are not Irish or Commonwealth citizens) can vote in Local Council, Police & Crime Commissioner and European Parliament elections but they cannot vote in UK general elections. For details of eligible nationalities, please refer to the Electoral Commission guidance here.

If you are a British citizen living overseas (and you satisfy certain conditions), you can register to vote in UK general elections and European Parliament elections but not in Local Council and Police & Crime Commissioner elections.

If you have no fixed address, you should complete this form and return it to Electoral Services.

There are separate registration services for public servants who are likely to be posted overseas: